Banyan Fields Primary School is a community with heart, strengthened by our commitment to fostering healthy, happy and confident learners. Our school is a wonderful place for learning with many opportunities for children to experience curriculum, extra curriculum and team activities.
At Banyan Fields Primary School our mission is to create a value added and positive learning environment where all students can develop their abilities. This is seen when students:
• Have respect and care for themselves and others
• Encourage, interact and share learning together
• Are friendly and inviting towards others
• Are literate and numerate
• Know their own learning, set and reach targets
• Confident in using problem solving and decision making strategies
• Are creative and independent thinkers
Banyan Fields Primary School has a strong leadership and mentoring structure to support skill development of all students which underpins our approach to student wellbeing and discipline. We believe that students who learn to take responsibility have a great chance of success in life, able to contribute to society, take calculated risks and have confidence in the decisions they make.
Personal success is based on developing skills that allows students to continually meet their challenges with interest and enthusiasm.
School and home partnerships are vitally important at Banyan Fields Primary School in helping children learn from all their experiences as well as mistakes - often learning the most about themselves. The development of the whole child is our aim.
Banyan Fields Primary School - The Heart and Spirit of the Community where Confident Children Learn with Passion.
Community and learning are the building blocks for students to develop their skills for life. Personal skills of optimism, resilience, caring, teamwork, respect, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication and leadership skills are essential skills in present and future successful relationships.
Each student at Banyan Fields Primary School is supported in their development through practicing our school values:
• Respect: treating people with dignity, speaking with a caring tone.
• Honesty: Tell the truth about a situation, taking care to give all relevant information.
• Friendliness: Including others, being pleasant
• Teamwork: Working together to achieve a task, activity, project ensuring that each team member contributes to the whole through carrying out their roles.
•Responsible Learning: Positive learning attitude where understanding what is required and self assessing own progress
Positive Relationships: Learning to communicate, use social skills to build friendships and resolve issues caringly when needed.
Banyan Fields Primary School has a curriculum that is based on the individual needs of students, statewide benchmarks and real life challenges and topics of global relevance. The curriculum provides a balance in developing academic, social and emotional skills preparing students for their present and future learning.
Programs are both challenging and inspiring creating interest and passion in students when working towards their full potential.
All programs are supported by a wide range of ICT and multi-media - taking advantage of interactive whiteboards, cameras, videos, electronic microscopes and DEECD’s Ultranet, giving access to programs to students and parents at school and at home.
High expectations and standards of learning and behaviour is emphasised in all teaching and learning practices. Students monitor their learning and identify personal best achievements. Confidence in learning is developed through persistence, hard work and recognition of achievements. Our students are inspired to have high expectations of themselves and be fully engaged in learning and relationships.
At Banyan Fields Primary School, our highly focused, student oriented teachers and support staff, work hard to increase their professional learning at every opportunity. The staff has close learning relationships with students and parents to ensure that all students are successful at school.
Banyan Fields Primary School has dedicated teachers who provide individualised targets and feedback to support successful student achievement.
Banyan Fields Primary School has extensive enrichment programs to cater for the variety of interests of students. We aim to have students be active participants in school life. Below is a sample of the opportunities.
• Student Leadership Program
• Mathematics competitions
• Reading, Writing and Spelling challenges
Japanese Speaking competitions
• Environmental Heroes - sustainability
program run by students for students
• Food For Everyone program
• Vegetable gardens
• Interschool Sport - including cross country, athletics, swimming
• Basketball, cycling and special purpose squads
• Human Powered Vehicle squad
• Swimming program
• Perceptual Motor Program
• Excursions and in-school visits
• Visiting artists, speakers and authors
• School camps - Years 2 - 6
• High prized Visual Arts Program- renowned throughout Frankston
• Performing arts program that includes: music and dance performances, aerobics, School of Rock and group instrumental lessons available.
Banyan Fields Primary School still has a rural setting in a suburban environment. Our extensive grounds has access to two ovals and the wetlands providing the opportunity to study environmental studies. The layout of the grounds provides areas for prep play equipment and two other large play equipment areas for the rest of the school, quiet shaded areas, rotunda with seating, picnic seated area, basketball courts, sand pits, cricket nets, grassed areas for minor games, four square courts make up the vast playing areas.
The buildings support: prep learning centre featuring 5 spacious classrooms, PMP centre, reading recovery centre and three indoor / outdoor areas.
Our faciltities also include: Artroom, Japanese centre , Multi-media centre, library, multi-purpose centre; Full sized basketball stadium with multi-purpose foyer, music centre, radio station, separate Out of School Hours Care building and the Old School house.
Banyan Fields Primary School has a great parent support and encourage active participation in school life. There are many activities for parents to become an active member in your child's education. We support the community through our multi-partnerships with community organisations. The aim is to provide services for families. We have partnerships with Frankston Council, Monash University, Chisholm Institute, Peninsula Health, Ardoch Foundation, St Luke's church, OzChild, Anglicare, Cairnmillar Institute and OnPsych services.